Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Reviewed On: PS4
Developer: PopCap Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: 26 February 2016
The Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare series has a certain formula which has made it a world-wide phenomenon. Garden Warfare has taken that formula, mixed in some new elements, characters, and added in a solid single player experience, to create one of the best shooters in 2016.
Like any Plants Vs Zombies title, the game sets you off into a world of conflict between the plants and zombies. Unlike the last Garden Warfare, this time the zombies have won the war and the plants are fed up and fight to take it back. Saying that, the game is equally split down the middle with plants and zombies content. From characters to storyline, even the multiplayer game modes now include a zombie version of Gardens and Graveyards, where the zombies need to stop the plants from taking over their turf. It’s a solid package with content for both sides.
Players will find themselves spending countless hours in the Backyard Battleground. This new social hub is filled with tons of secrets, boxes to open using Star Points, and a constant clash between zombies and plants taking place in the middle. The social hub is the best place to walk around with a new character, and test them out. Head on into the battlefield to try a new attack, or just get 3 of your friends to join you and fight through waves of enemies for XP. The Backyard Battleground is a welcomed feature into the game, as it allows for a personal experience, as well as a decent way to try to level up.
The game runs on a time-based Quest Mode where players can take on a bunch of quests which require you to complete certain actions in the game. These quests range from playing a set of multiplayer matches in a certain mode, to killing a number of enemies with a certain character class. Once completed, these quests will help you gain Star Points, and Bounty Points. Star Points are used to open up chests scattered around the dense and detailed Backyard Battleground, revealing coins, decorations for your social area, and outfit items for your characters. Bounty Points on the other hand work on a multiply system where the more you complete, the higher your XP multiply will be. Every 2 days the quests will reset, taking your XP multiply down a bit, forcing you to keep playing every 2 days to keep your XP multiply up.
What was missing from the last title was a solid single player mode, and Garden Warfare 2 has brought it on a whole new level. The couple of missions that you play, take you to wild places in the game with a rather humorous script and memorable moments to add to it.
Single player aside, the game’s most memorable mode is the multiplayer mode, and it is the best in the series. With a ton of well-imaged maps that take you from Rome to Zgypt, to the Stone Age, each of them bring a brand new wave of battlegrounds, packed with secrets, advantage points and dangers.
The game modes will be familiar to those who played the previous game in the series, and the best of the best are back. Gnome Bomb still provides a solid and fast-paced battle, and Turf Takeover gives you a solid lengthily battle with a constant fight for power. Lag was not an issue in the game, and there were seldom times where connection issues were present. If you want to test your skills, you can also play every game mode alone with bots, and earn XP and coins.
Once you have enough coins we suggest you check out the coin shop. Here you can purchase character packs, pot plants, zombie items and character decorations for your classes. Customising your characters is lots of fun and with over a thousand different items, you will never look like someone you meet online. Each character class and its character variants can also be prestiged once you level up to level 10. You then unlock new permanent abilities like faster reload speeds, and walking speed. This is a great way to experiment with new characters.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is a solid title with the potential to go onto greater things. New content packs with new maps and characters will further expand the game’s replayability, and with a ton of characters to unlock and level up, it offers countless hours of gameplay. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is highly recommended, so go grab some friends and take on the zombies.